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Recommendations for rear air bags

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2008 5.7 4wd long box owner here. Base model, extended cab.

In preparation for taking delivery on a new Travel Trailer, I am looking to get air bags installed on the rear suspension. I do not have infinite funds, but I don't want to go cheap either. i am looking for something that is reliable, easy to install, maintain, and use.

The GVWR on the trailer is 8500lbs. Hitch weight is 650lbs (not sure if that is dry or loaded).

Suggestions on make/model?

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I don't have much experience with towing but I owned a TT briefly around the same weight.
I would say with 2 X 30LB propane cylinders and 1 battery and extremely light packing your hitch weight will be 850-900LBS.
Personally I would get an "Equalizer" brand weight distribution hitch which is known for being good at transfering tongue weight and has built in sway control.
I found even with the hitch dialed in as best as I could get it, I still needed bags even at 5psi due to being leveled.


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Oh, and I would just get basic Firestone Ride Rites which are good and not expensive.


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Oh, and I would just get basic Firestone Ride Rites which are good and not expensive.
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I don't have much experience with towing but I owned a TT briefly around the same weight.
I would say with 2 X 30LB propane cylinders and 1 battery and extremely light packing your hitch weight will be 850-900LBS.
To this point, I am getting a Husky WD hitch with anti sway included. I am not sure of the exact model.

That being said, if the hitch weight is 900lbs, that leaves me 465lbs for payload (the truck is rated at 1365lbs for payload). The two of us are 550lbs. This would mean that we are over weight (so to speak) by 85lbs...and we have no gear.

Is my math correct here?

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This is generally why you run out of payload on 1/2 ton very quickly.
If I remember correctly the driver and full tank of gas are included in your door jamb payload so you add family + gear but someone with more knowledge can chime in and correct me if I am wrong on that.

When I had gone to the weigh scale, a guy stopped in for a smoke and was watching me weigh the tongue weight iteself and couldn't believe i was around 888LBS or so.
You'll have to weigh your own trailer to know for sure.


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Oh, and I would just get basic Firestone Ride Rites which are good and not expensive.
What he said.^


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I went with Air-Lift. Simply because I used them in the Silverado I had prior to buying the Tundra. Had a couple of exceptionally good experiences with costumer service so when it was time for bags on the Tundra, I didn't consider anything else. I felt loyal to the costumer service. A friend installed Firestone, and although both products work as they are supposed to...his truck feels like it has a better ride when the bags are not inflated. Both trucks are set up similar. Just food for thought.
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I went with an Air Lift system on my Tundra. It was the middle of the pack system and I am happy with it. I can inflate and deflate from i the cab and it definitely works! Let me carry an additional 5,000lbs. Part of me wishes I had gone with the bigger compressor so I could inflate my tires with it but it was more than I wanted to spend.
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Iím running the firestone bags, airlift wireless one compressor and daystar cradles. Couldnít be happier with the setup.


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Does anyone make a system that automatically self levels?


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